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Confirmation Ministry

6th - 8th Grade

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Confirmation Update

December 2022

by Deaconess Katie Freund​​


6th - 8th Grade

We've had a full year of classes and service nights, our most recent one being a night spent at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church preparing beds for PADS of Lake County. It was an eye opening night learning what it means to experience homelessness here in our hometowns. Our students said they want to do it again, so we're working it into our spring schedule! Details coming soon. Our confirmation classes are on break for the month of December. We’re looking forward to seeing students return on January 8, 2023!

Class schedule

Time: 6:30 - 8 pm

Location: Sanctuary

​Winter break: November 27 - January 1

January 8, 22, 29,

February 5, 19, 26, (No class on Superbowl Sunday, February 12),

March 5, 12

PADS Packing Schedule

Second and Fifth Sundays of the month - pack lunches in the Holy Cross kitchen between worship services.

December 11, January 8 & 29, February 12, March 12

PENDING: Saturday, February 11, 2023 - Oriental Institute

June 25 - 30, 2023 Campfirmation Retreat at Augustana College

(8th & 9th graders)

Acolyte Scheduling

by Pastor Bob Davis and Pastor Chris Neptun


Dear Families of Confirmation Aged Students,

We wanted to follow up with you to encourage your Confirmation aged child to participate in worship volunteering as an acolyte at worship. The process is not difficult and is a good way to help involve your child in service to others. At the start of Confirmation, you were all invited to attend an Intro to Acolyting session where the kids were involved in learning about lighting candles and the role of the acolyte. Certainly additional or refresher training can occur if needed. At this juncture, we would like for you to schedule your child for a worship volunteer position as acolyte and the steps to follow are below. Currently, the calendar is posted through Christmas Day. We will open 2023 in November. As always, should you have any additional questions, please feel welcome to contact the church office via email at or at (847) 367-4060 and we will be very happy to assist. Thank you!

To schedule volunteer positions:


  • If you have activated your Church Community Builder account you should be able to see the available dates/spaces for acolyting by visiting the following link and selecting the service time (8 or 10 am) that you would be interested in having your child serve in:

  • Once you select the date you would like to connect to, click on that date and the worship plan will appear. 


  • Click on the blue text “add volunteers” underneath the Acolytes heading and then you may type your student's name into the “Search People” line and their name will appear.


  • You will see a grey circle with their initials, their full name with the grey word “Available” underneath and a box on the right hand side. Click the box to check the mark and then click the blue box “ADD” to accept that position on that date. 


  • Should you have any trouble… you may pick a date(s) and time of service and contact the church office ahead of time to assist you, but the process is fairly simple.



Confirmation DVD Lending Library

Our Confirmation electives program has begun building a lending library that students and families may use for completing requirements within that program but we would like to make the films available to all for summer viewing. If you are interested in borrowing one of our DVD’s, please contact the church office at or (847) 367-4060. Films can be loaned for 2 weeks.

The following common elective DVDs are available:


- Different Drummers

- Facing The Giants

- Luther (2003) movie

- Soul Surfer

- Brooklyn Castle

- Akeelah and the Bee

- War with Grandpa

- Freedom Writers

- Coach Carter

- Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

- Uncle Nino